On social media, you’ve probably seen us mention #UseYour60 and we wrote a blog about it too. This is the heart of CentriKid, equipping adults and children’s ministry leaders to make the very most of their week of camp. We provide detailed Group Leader Information, so download that for your week of camp (its found on your camp location-specific page).
Making every moment count can apply to your pre-camp meetings. Don’t just use your meetings as informational meetings, use them as an opportunity to invest in the families who are trusting you with their child at camp.
- Relieve fears – especially those who are going away for the first time, or those parents who will be sending a camper away from home for the first time.
- Answer questions – you can prepare for some of these things, but leave time to answer questions about what the camp experience will be like, housing and roommates, when to pick up and drop off from the church.
- Explain safety – let parents know about your plans to monitor kids through the week, whether its a buddy system or having a leader from your group assigned to small groups of kids.
- Convey that camp is more than just fun and games – Share the spiritual direction for the week, begin teaching kids (and their parents) the key verse John 8:12.
- Set your clocks – Let parents know that worship is 7 to 8 PM, and they can pray for kids during that hour each night of camp… Knowing that they will be hearing from God’s word and hearing about the gospel.
- Make a packing list – Have parents send their camper with a Bible and pen. Like last year there will be notes pages for worship inside the camper nametags. Talk about OMC and encourage them to label everything that goes to camp with the camper’s name.
In the pre-camp meetings with parents, pray for the upcoming camp trip and what God is doing in the lives of these families.
BONUS – Follow-up after the meeting with kids or parents who may have more questions. Your extra investment could go a long ways towards ensuring success for each camper. Encourage those who have never been away from home before to have a trial run by spending a couple nights away from mom and dad with a friend or a grandparent’s house.
We believe God can work in the lives of kids in a powerful way when they are away at camp and we want every camper to be successful at camp. Your pre-camp meetings will be a great opportunity to communicate information and your heart for ministry at camp.